Sex and sexuality can be a big part of many majors, from English to psychology to biology to matchmaking. Seriously, matchmaking is a profession that many people are wildly successful at. The ways sex and sexuality can be studied are numerous and plentiful and all available online in online college courses. There are online college classes for everything, and of course sex is included in that. And in a lot of cases (mine) this is a great way to say you’re doing doing homework when your roommate catches you fapping again.
Finding Dates Worth Keeping
Okay, so flirting isn’t exactly sex… but it’s usually essential to getting to the point. The point being sex. Unless you’re a rapist or someone who hires prostitutes all the time, in which case flirting is absolutely not needed. Kate L Stewart, a teacher who has been (somewhat unfairly) been compared in likeness to sex and pop icon Katy Perry, teaches a flirting course called Finding Dates Worth Keeping. Not only does it focus on opening doors using eye contact, conversational skills and body language, but it also examines the green and red flags one might experience during a first (or even fifth) date. This can be helpful to anyone, from the completely socially inept nerd to the semi-experienced freshman. Everyone can afford to learn something, especially when it comes to relationships. To be fair, this course is probably best taken in person where the teacher can give you awkward boners by ‘role-playing’ a demonstration of your newly learned flirting skills and then crushing your soul as she turns you down at the end of each and every class.
On one hand, it’s interesting to think of learning a physical skill like yoga over the internet without a teacher present to observe and correct the student’s physical mistakes. On the other hand, tantric yoga would be pretty awkward to practice in person for many. Tantric yoga is often stapled as being purely sexual, but in reality is more complicated than that. While it encompasses things like enlightened awareness and spiritual liberation, a big part of tantric yoga is the sexual aspect. There are dozens of tantric sex poses, all of them available in online college courses about tantric yoga…or on a free iPhone app which you are probably downloading right now. The sexual aspects of tantric yoga are actually considered to be the ‘secret’ section of tantra, and some believe that tantric sexual practices rose in part from clan initiation ceremonies which required one of more people to excrete, distribute or consume sexual fluids. Yum.
There are some older schools, like IASHS, which have been offering courses studying human sexuality for years. IASHS has the largest human sexuality resource library in the entire world and is considered the ‘Harvard’ of sexology study. Sounds kind of sexy already. There’s also the Kinsey Institute, a renowned institute studying sex, gender and reproduction for decades. It even inspired a movie about how controversial sexuality studies were way before online college courses, Lady Gaga and the wider acceptance of sexual expression in public life. It was called Kinsey and is definitely worth checking out. Kinsey offers online college courses such as Engender Health (sexuality and sexual health), Archive for Sexology (sexual health), and… another course in sexual health. But that one is taught from Australia.
FemSex is a weirdly cybertronic sounding name for a course which is basically about women and female sexuality. FemSex seems to be offered by a few different universities, and teaches a woman to be comfortable with her own body. From the website’s description of the curriculum:
“What makes a woman a woman? What makes you who you are – is it your sex, your gender, your sexuality? How much do you really know about your body? Have you taken a good look at your G-spot lately? How do cultural influences affect your behavior? Can you still be a feminist if you watch porn?”
Well, the answer to the last question is obviously yes. You don’t need an online college course to tell you that unless you’re a closeted porn-watcher looking for validation and acceptance. Although it talks a lot about finding the g-spot and being a woman comfortable admitting to a porn habit, this online college course makes one thing clear: males are welcome, too. Probably not as welcome if they come into the class and get a lot of awkward boners, but luckily for the awkward boner-haver, the course is online. The course isn’t all sexy adventures; it also studies body image, safer sex, reproductive choices, gender identity, pornography, sex practices, fetishes, and cultural influences on sexuality.
The phallus is another online college course with a funny name and a lot of genitals. The phallus is a “survey of feminist and queer takings-on of the phallus” and is offered by Occidental, the king of weird (and weirdly named) college courses. It covers the relationship between phallus and penis, the meaning of phallus, the lesbian phallus (strap ons?), the Jewish phallus (circumcised?), the Latino phallus (brown?), and the relationship between the phallus and fetishism (long and storied?).
Dirty pictures is a great online college course which studied photography by examining dirty, porny, NSFW-y pictures, which are usually the best kind of pictures anyway. Since the beginning of photography itself, so-called dirty pictures have been taken — and remain a prominent section of the art of photography. The student taking this online college course doesn’t have to worry about getting an awkward boner — he (or she) can get all the boners in the world and even type on the keyboard with it without fear of ridicule or even consequence at all. Unless your mom walks in while you do it.